Patricia “Patti” Lavato
November 20, 1931 – September 24, 2023
Patricia (Patti) Lavato (nee Hallihan), 91, of Lower Marlboro, passed away peacefully at her home on Sept. 24th surrounded by loved ones. She is survived by her three children: son Domenic (Nick) Lavato and daughter-in-law Pat (Buckler), son Anthony (Tony) Lavato and daughter-in-law Brenda (White), and her daughter, Tina Lavato. She is also survived by Grandchildren, Melissa, Marie, Sarah, Christina, Nick, D.J., and Charles, and Great Grandchildren, Zoe, Chloe, Arianna, Lily, Josie, Nash, Evan, Ava, Asher, Lylah, and Nella.
Patti was born in Burlington, VT. to Francis and Doris Hallihan (nee LaBelle) Nov. 20, 1931. She was the eldest of four children, and is survived by her three siblings, Phyllis Parzych of Agawam, MA., Fran Witkiewicz of Placida, FL., and Robert Hallihan of Dunedin, FL. She grew up in Chicopee, MA. where she met her childhood sweetheart and future husband, Richard D. Lavato (d. 1982). After Richard joined the Air Force, she flew, at the age of 21, to Wiesbaden, Germany, where the two were married.
Patti was an avid and passionate gardener known for her beautiful collection of Iris, among the many other flowers and trees in her yard. She also developed a keen interest in genealogy and spent many hours researching family history and recording it for future generations to use and enjoy.
Patti served as President of the Women’s Democratic Club of Calvert County and was a member of the Huntingtown Fire Dept. Ladies’ Auxiliary. She was an active member of Lower Marlboro United Methodist Church where she helped manage the cemetery plots and assisted with numerous church dinners and yard sales. She also worked for the State of Maryland for a number of years and volunteered at the Chesapeake Railway Museum in Chesapeake Beach.
She will be greatly missed by her family and friends, and her memory will be forever cherished.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Lower Marlboro-Mount Harmony United Methodist Church.
Monday, October 2, 2023